Alibaba Releases AI Tool to Create Images from Input Prompts

Chinese technology firm Alibaba launched an artificial intelligence tool, Tongyi Wanxiang. This tool can generate images from input prompts.

Tongyi Wanxiang allows users to enter prompts in Chinese and English language and the AI tool will create an image in different styles like a sketch or 3D cartoon.

Alibaba’s cloud division launched the product and said that it is available for enterprise consumers in China for beta testing.

Tongyi Wanxiang is Alibaba’s recent generative AI offering as technology giants in China and the USA look to be ahead with the technology.

Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT has sparked competition among the biggest technology players to develop their own ChatGPT rivals. In the USA Google unveiled its AI chatbot called Bard. China’s Baidu launched Ernie Bot and Alibaba released Tongyi Qianwen.

OpenAI’s DALL-E and a Stable Diffusion are currently the most well-known AI text-to-image generation services.

Jingren Zhou, CTO of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said, “With the release of Tongyi Wanxiang, high-quality generative AI imagery will become more accessible, facilitating the development of innovative AI art and creative expressions for businesses across a wide range of sectors, including e-commerce, gaming, design, and advertising.”

Firms such as Alibaba and Baidu have been very specific in positioning their AI tools. Alibaba is focusing its offerings on enterprises.